I’ve used some of the base model Baofengs for work. They worked very well in the open desert but the range drops significantly when you get in the canyons or down between the hills. The whole FRS, GMRS and related power limitations before needing a license is pretty confusing. My older radios listed in the instructions which channels you weren’t supposed to use without a license. Though I used to hear all sorts of people talking on those channels anyways. I think the newer consumer grade radios are required to not exceed the power limits that would kick you into needing a license.